Friday, May 22, 2009

Welcome to My Dining Room

Today's Show Us Where You Live room is the dining room. Here's mine. We use it for entertaining and any time that the extended family gets together.
This room sat empty for awhile when we moved in. It was known as the ball room and it was a great place for showing slide shows during team soccer parties. We found the furniture at Crate and Barrel. I love it, but it took me awhile to convince Tony that it was perfect for this room. I like furniture that is semi-distressed--with 5 kids, the furniture is going to be distressed in the end anyway so I figure I may as well go that route from the get-go. This room was painted green until we did the kitchen renovation. The builder had to move the doorway from the kitchen so we needed to repaint. I love the red and it looks nice with all of the other colors we have in the kitchen and the formal living room.
This is the view from the formal entrance way into the dining room.
As you go into the dining room I have this mirror on the left side of the wall. I found it at Kohl's for $10. As an ex-teacher, I was drawn to it because of the letters and numbers.
On the other side of the wall leading into the dining room is this tree painting that my friend Kelli Nemer painted.
This is the view of my dining room from my kitchen. The painting is one of my favorites. When we were in St. Augustine two years ago, we walked by the painting in the window of a gallery. It caught my eye and I kept going back to look at it. We didn't buy it while we were there. I kept looking at it online and finally decided to buy it. I am not really into art (other than my kids' artwork) and I have to really love something to buy it. We were going to put it over our fireplace in the formal living room, but when it got here, we discovered that it was too big. Oops. Thankfully, it worked on the wall in the dining room.
This is a close up of the painting. When the twins were little, I told my husband that he could play as much golf as he wanted as long as each time that he went he took one of the twins with him. This painting reminds me of that time.
This is the view from my french doors that are along the back of my house. You will notice that there is kids' artwork on my table waiting to be framed. I can't stand the chandelier. it came with the house and is way too high. It's on the list of things that need to go, but we haven't gotten to that yet.
This is the view from the formal living room. I love my china cabinet.
My china pattern is Lenox Autumn. It's beautiful, but I only have 5 place settings. I believe that I have used it once.
This is my Christmas china and I HATE IT! Every Christmas, we host a dinner for the people who work directly with Tony and we needed something decent that we could get quickly and cheaply. Gotta love! I am just not into gold.
This Kate Spade Donner Road china is the pattern that I would love to have for Christmas. It's way too expensive and I would have to kill someone if they broke a plate...therefore, I will be stuck with my red and gold china.
Thanks for stopping by. Go here to check out other dining rooms.


Tiaras and Tantrums said...

love your colors

Melissa said...

Beautiful room! I love your table, rug & wall color!

Tara G. said...

Oooh! Thank you for a close-up of the dishes! I love dishes and I admit I look through the Barrons catalog for leisure. Maybe you could find a copy-cat for the Christmas china you want by doing a google search?

Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like your dining room. Love that piece of art! So sweet. And I like all your dishes too!

Slightly Askew Designs said...

I love all of your art an your walls are a fabulous color. Thanks for sharing! :)

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I love your colors. So warm and inviting!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Kristine said...

Your dining room is really pretty and I enjoyed your comments as well! Your kids are beautiful BTW.
Thank you for the comment on my blog...join me on Throw Away Thursdays starting next week...we are going to throw away 100 things in 30 minutes...but by the way your house looks... i don't think you need to! It looks so great!


Kate G. said...

I love that mirror. And your Christmas china isn't SO bad...I hear ya on not loving gold though. :)

Grits414 said...

LOVE the room!!! Love the red (mine is almost that color) and adore the chandelier!!!

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